Best bang for the buck..

Used to be the Kenwood TS-2000, however that transceiver and it’s cousins feature dated technology, and there are much nicer current technology transceivers at a similar cost . The winner in my opinion is the Yaesu FT-991A. A ‘shack in a box’ HF/VHF/UHF (CW/SSB/AM/FM/C4FM) transceiver with an internal trans-match. The transceiver features a touchscreen LCD, with the most used functions readily available without having to dig through a layer of menus. One can set the LCD for a spectrum scope, however as I’ve stated in the past, I find a spectrum scope not a great benefit for amateur radio operation. The additional manual controls on the front panel are configured in an ergonomically manner, and don’t have that wobble feeling found on ICOM. The parametric EQ (thanks to Bob Heil) when setup properly allows this transceiver to transmit excellent audio with the modest of microphones. Even the included hand mic. The receiver is nice, DSP filtering works very well. Is the transceiver in the FTDX5000 / FTDX9000 camp? No. However for around $1,000.00 this transceiver is hard to beat.

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